Notice to Media - A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Canada's Youth

    TORONTO, March 25 /CNW/ - Dr. K. Kellie Leitch will be available to media
to answer questions and comment on her recently released report Reaching for
the Top: A Report by the Advisor on Healthy Children and Canada's Youth. The
report and accompanying media release from Canada's Minister of Health, The
Honourable Tony Clement, can be viewed at this link
    As part of her mandate, Dr. Leitch met with Canadian stakeholders,
experts, as well as representatives from provincial and territorial
governments to review existing children and youth health activities and
programs, in order to deem their effectiveness and to identify gaps and new
initiatives that can directly impact the health of children and youth.
    Dr. Leitch will be in located in Toronto for the day.

    Tuesday, March 25, 2008

    Dr. K. Kellie Leitch Biography

    Dr. Leitch is Chair of Paediatric Surgery at the Children's Hospital of
Western Ontario/Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. She serves as
Assistant Dean at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, and
Co-director of the Health Sector MBA program at the Ivey School of Business,
University of Western Ontario. She also maintains her paediatric orthopaedic
surgical practice.
    Dr. Leitch recently served as Chair of the Expert Panel for the
Children's Fitness Tax Credit, which made recommendations to the Honourable
Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, regarding the best ways to implement this
tax credit designed to encourage health and fitness among Canadian children.
    Dr. Leitch earned her Doctorate of Medicine from the University of
Toronto in 1994, MBA from Dalhousie University in 1998, completed the
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program in 2001 at the University of Toronto and
became a Fellow of Clinical Paediatric Orthopaedics at the Children's Hospital
of Los Angeles/University of Southern California in 2002.
    As a volunteer, Dr. Leitch is the Vice President of CANFAR (Canadian
Foundation for AIDS Research), hosts an annual golf tournament to raise funds
for breast cancer research, and is a director on the London YMCA Board.
    Dr. Leitch was selected as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 for her work
in both medicine and business. Currently, she publishes in the clinical and
the best practice model areas of the health care field.

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For further information: Media Inquiries: Landon French, Great Lakes
Communications, (647) 801-4290,

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